Ilium is an Australian melodic/power metal outfit with four albums under their studded belts. “Genetic memory” is the band’s fifth release and the third with vocalist Mike DiMeo, who did time with Riot, as well as Masterplan.
DiMeo’s voice is instantly recognisable, although it rasps more in places on the album without it being out of place. Each musician puts in a sterling effort and the production is slick, courtesy of Martin Kronlund fiddling with the dials. While “Kinaesthesia” begins proceedings on a harsh, metallic note, the album blends more melodically the further one listens. The head is nodding and the foot is tapping from then on in…
This is a good power metal album! While it may not be a classic, it should make power metal fans sit up and take notice. Worthy of your attention.
Nick van der Meulen
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